Only 6,400 genomes of more than 10.4 million recorded cases (0.06 percent) have accumulated. The Hyderabad-based institute has been studying the development, changes and strains of the virus ever since the epidemic hit the country.
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There are more than 7,000 coronavirus mutations in India, some of which can be serious. Rakesh Mishra, director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said on Monday, among variants, the N440K is spreading much in the southern states.
Mishra said, “There are more than 7,000 coronovirus mutations in the country, which is one of the co-authors of the paper. The Hyderabad-based institute has been studying the development, changes and strains of the virus ever since the epidemic hit the country.
However, Mishra said that each mutation does not become a variant. He said that sequencing needs to be carried forward. “India has not yet isolated SARSCoV-2 to full capacity, accumulating only 6,400 genomes of more than 10.4 million recorded cases (0.06 percent).”
Government advances sequencing of genome
The paper states that uncovering advances in genomic epidemiology by monitoring and increasing sequential efforts following a local spike will go a long way in staying on top of mutations of concern, while studying their biology and effects in more detail is done.
Following the development of strains of coronovirus strains in the UK and Brazil that are found to be more contagious, the Indian government moved the sequencing of the genome. An Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG), which included 10 institutions, was also formed. Was done for the purpose. The CCMB is a part of the consortium.
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